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Published: Tuesday, Nov. 16 2010 1:56 a.m. MST

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toddfromsantaana
Santa Ana, CA

Little can be said except to give credit for the Thunder. 2 fouls should have been called on Durant late that were fragrant as this is not football.

However, they made a ton of shots and ton of free throws. Maybe if Fes had been able to come back from the chin injury, some of that penetration could be slowed. The Thunder did it in all ways. Some nights, you just have to give credit to the opponent.

We played hard, so I cannot really overly criticize. I am glad Gordon got the chance instead of Raja, another learning lesson.

We just will have to bounce back vs Joisey and SPurs, the crowd was great tonight though...

The Thunder would seriously challenge the Lakers if they get 2 more players, mainly a Center. If they add some power and beef by the trading deadline, they will be even be more of a threat, because they got about everything else needed.

LKA
Tremonton, UT

Hayward needs to go to the D-League. He is way too soft and not ready to play with the "A" team..

deno22
Rexburg, ID

Jazz played really well, their defense could have been a bit tougher but I was pretty pleased. The way the Thunder shot the ball was just insane, they would have beaten a lot of teams tonight. And I think the Jazz wearing their away jerseys confused the refs, oklahoma city got all the home team calls.

Draft dumbie
Farmington, UT

The Thunder played well tonight and should be given credit for winning the game by matching the Jazz blow-for-blow.

That being said, I have an axe to grind. Kevin Durant is an extremely talented young player who is hard not to like. However, I am turned off by the sense of entitlement he has displayed, since his recent coronation by the NBA and its officials as being worthy of "star treatment."

On numerous occasions in tonights' game, Durant repeatedly slammed into Kirilenko while attempting to back him down (to create space), without any worry of being called for such an obvious offensive foul. Near the end of the game (with the Jazz down only four points), Miles stepped out toward Durant (who did not have the ball); Durant slammed into Miles and pushed him down with a forearm shiver; Miles was given the foul and Durant became the beneficiary of two undeserved foul shots.

I would have liked to have seen the outcome of the game, had Durant (and Westbrook) not been given unfair "star treatment." A true superstar should be able to excel in the NBA without being given the unfair advantage of "star treatment" officiating.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

hayward should be given stable minutes in my opinion 10-15 mins a game...to help him get confident...i think he has confidence issues...

forgetyourself
Layton, UT

I agree about the poor officiating on Durants Offensive fouls. I also wish that Jerry would have put Fes in the game over Elison. Fes is our defensive stopper and should be in the game more to ignite out teams D. I do think that Westbrook did a great job and we got beat far, but sadly. I also think that we really need another 2 guard or train Price to be the 2.

Great game Jazz players in showing heart and toughness. I loved that they came out strong and D-Will showed leadership.

Winglish
Lehi, UT

Re: Todd

Calling those fouls "fragrant" is hilarious! They really were stinky calls! They were also flagrant :)

Captain L
Provo, UT

Tough Loss. I agree with the comments about the refs and about Fes. I don't understand Sloan's use of Fes, it has been better lately but last night the team could have used him to change things up for the Thunder. Having Fes in the middle allows our perimeter players to be more aggressive because they know they have someone that has their back.
Glad to see Hayward get some minutes and thought he played OK, he needs those kind of experiences to develop.
The way the Spurs are playing we better come out ready to fight, with intensity and toughness or we could end up with another home loss.
Things are still a learning process for this team, it could take another month to get things smoothed out.

CJ Miles
Dallas, TX

First off, the Jazz shot better than the Thunder. The difference was the free throws by a huge margin. But the Jazz are known to foul a lot but there were some poor calls tonight.

People on here don't give Bell the credit he deserves. He makes a big impact on the game that doesn't show up in the box score. Hayward didn't have any positive impact on the game.

However the Jazz can not afford to be losing at home in the tight western conference. These games cost you big in the end.

CJ worked hard on D all night and scored his points. The Jazz need more bench support.

toddfromsantaana
Santa Ana, CA

I always talk about Raja. I agree him starting sets the right tone, unfortunately, we have in recent games not come out well shooting. Last night we did, but Oklahoma City had a great night. When that happens there is little you can do but give it up for the opponent. You always figure the Jazz will win 75-80 percent of its home games. 32-9, 33-8 is a great home season, Need 23-24 road wins, and the Jazz are capable of this...

Tyler
Holladay, UT

It is tough to win when the other team only misses one free throw. Also, how many games are you going to have Serge Ibaka hit 9-13?

Rick
Northport, NY

to akfan : your little darling went baseline near the end of big game trying for a simple layup.worst case scenerio, go up "strong" and a foul would have been called, especially on Jazz homecourt. Better yet, throw your body into defender coming from weak side because defender jumped into the air to contest shot (2 foul shots)...INSTEAD, the scarecrow decided to AVIOD CONTACT AT ALL COST and do a spinning up & under with the ball & FLIP a backwards shot towards the rim hoping with his BACK TO THE BASKET & prayed the ball would find the twine--DIDN'T HAPPEN !!! Oh yeah, shot 3 for 9 (MAKING ALL TIME WORST SHOOTING % GO LOWER) from the field...As I said yesterday & I'll say until Utah dumps this loser, sit him at the end of the bench until he puts on 20 lbs. of muscle--which will NEVER HAPPEN..

Captain L
Provo, UT

Ricbk, I'm glad your not the coach, AK brings more positives than negatives by far. Yes, he does throw up some back shots sometimes and some bad passes at times but his impact is far more positive than negative.

Rick
Northport, NY

captain L : ak has good free throw form & can defend around the basket because he has long arms...other than that, he can't defend away from the basket because he loves to reach & is slow..he can't hit the side of a barn, he's way to passive,not tuff for my liking, so goes up soft if a defender is near basket (aka : end of OKC game), cries, literally if things don't go his way, throws many balls away or fast balls when teammate is very close, doesn't get pumped up when situation calls for it, NEVER lifted weights in ALL his years here, KARL would love that, and when he is decked to the floor, he gets up slowly like he just got out of bed instead of getting in the players face & showing his teammates tuffness..Andrea will BE GONE (traded before dead line) hopefully getting "something" in return..Just checked in the basement and my basketball trophy for coach of the year from 1984 is still there. My team also won championship that year too..I like tuff hard nosed players & Andrea is not one !!!

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